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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

April 16, 2020

Top Story

Trump officials reject stricter air quality standards, despite link between air pollution, coronavirus risks

By Dino Grandoni, Brady Dennis and Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2020-04-15 16:03:33

The Trump administration opted Tuesday not to set stricter national air quality standards, despite a growing body of scientific evidence linking air pollution to lethal outcomes from respiratory diseases such as covid-19. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced Tuesday that the agency would maintain the current standards for fine particulate matter, otherwise known as soot, the country’s most widespread deadly pollutant. [ read more … ]

Pandemic

Clean Energy Shed 106,000 U.S. Jobs in March, Erasing a Year of Gains

By Nichola Groom, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2020-04-16 04:08:41

From solar panel installers to electric vehicle factory workers, the clean energy sector lost more than 100,000 U.S. jobs in March as stringent measures to control the new coronavirus shut down manufacturing and halted plans for home and business upgrades. The job loss estimates are based on an analysis of Department of Labor unemployment claims published on Wednesday by BW Research for clean energy business groups E2, the American Council on Renewable Energy and E4TheFuture. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Wind Turbine Manufacturing Plant in Arkansas to Close

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2020-04-15 16:02:48

A wind turbine manufacturing plant in Little Rock is closing, affecting about 470 workers, the facility’s parent company said Tuesday. GE Renewable Energy said it was closing the LM Wind Power Plant because of declining demand for the specific blades made at the facility and the company’s need to streamline operations. [ read more … ]

Fishing industry backs offshore pause

BY KELSEY TAMBORRINO. Politico  •    •  Posted 2020-04-15 16:03:48

The Responsible Offshore Development Alliance cited disruptions from the coronavirus pandemic in a letter Tuesday urging governors and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to pause the regulatory process for renewable energy development in the Gulf of Maine for six months. [ read more … ]

Grid

Pandemic complicates recovery from deadly storms

By Kristi E. Swartz, Peter Behr and Edward Klump, E&E News Reporters  •    •  Posted 2020-04-15 16:02:33

Utility crews are facing the unprecedented challenge of trying to restore power during a pandemic after violent storms tore through the South and up the East Coast. Powerful systems that sparked floods and multiple tornadoes ripped through the South on Easter Sunday, leaving more than 30 people dead. The havoc left a trail of broken power poles and tangled wires, and more than 1 million homes and businesses without power. [ read more … ]

Get Ready for More, Longer Blackouts

By Will Wade, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2020-04-15 16:04:52

The council of utility executives, called the Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council, is developing guidelines for organizing restoration efforts that involve crews from multiple companies. The goal is to maximize available manpower while limiting situations that could transmit the virus.
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FERC/PJM

Renewables, gas generators want FERC carbon conference

BY KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Politico  •    •  Posted 2020-04-15 16:04:16

A broad coalition of renewable energy groups and independent fossil fuel generators asked FERC on Tuesday to hold a technical conference to examine carbon pricing in wholesale power markets. [ read more … ]

Power use plummets in PJM

BY KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Politico  •    •  Posted 2020-04-15 16:04:33

Average peak power use in the 13-state PJM Interconnection territory was off between 8 percent and 9 percent last week, and overall daily consumption was down between 7 percent and 8 percent, according to the grid operator. Power use has fallen in the weeks since most states in the region closed schools and non-essential services. [ read more … ]

Commentary

Clean energy is facing a new attack, but they can evade them

By Sylwia Bialek, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2020-04-15 16:03:16

As part of the wave of federal efforts to undermine climate action, a little-known agency responsible for regulating the interstate electricity system – the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC – is quietly impeding state efforts to promote clean energy. Just last week, FERC announced it will soon take actions to reaffirm a landmark order forcing Midwest and Mid-Atlantic customers to pay more for new energy resources like offshore wind and batteries. States are, understandably, upset. A number are even considering an abrupt exit from key electricity markets because of the rules. [ read more … ]

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